Hilda Solis

Born Oct 20, 1957

Hilda Lucia Solis is the 25th United States Secretary of Labor, serving in the Obama administration. She is a member of the Democratic Party and served in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009, representing the 31st and 32nd congressional districts of California that include East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. Solis was raised in La Puente, California, by immigrant parents from Nicaragua and Mexico.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Hilda Solis.


1957 Birth Born on October 20, 1957.


1979 - 1980 2 More Events
1981 23 Years Old At the start of the Reagan administration in 1981, she became a management analyst at the civil rights division of the Office of Management and Budget, but her dislike for Ronald Reagan's policies motivated her to leave later that year. … Read More
1982 24 Years Old Returning to California, Solis became Director of the California Student Opportunity and Access Program in 1982, to help disadvantaged youth gain necessary preparation for college. … Read More
1985 27 Years Old Friends urged her to try for elective office, and so in 1985, she ran for the Board of Trustees of the Rio Hondo Community College District. … Read More


1989 31 Years Old She was reelected in 1989. … Read More
1991 33 Years Old 1 More Event
She gained added political visibility in 1991 when she was named to the Los Angeles County Commission on Insurance by Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, a political mentor. … Read More
1992 34 Years Old In the June 1992 Democratic primary to fill the open seat, Solis's opponents had the endorsement of powerful State Assemblyman Richard Polanco and the former incumbent. … Read More
1994 36 Years Old 1 More Event
The Democratic incumbent in Solis's 24th State Senate district, Art Torres, gave up his office when he received the 1994 Democratic nomination for the statewide office of California Insurance Commissioner.
1995 37 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1995 she sponsored a bill to raise the minimum wage from $4.25 to $5.75; it was strongly opposed by business organizations and the restaurant industry. … Read More


1998 40 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She was the first Hispanic woman to serve in the State Senate, and was reelected there in 1998. … Read More
1999 41 Years Old 1 More Event
She returned in 1999 with a weakened measure, which was signed by Governor Gray Davis. … Read More
Solis defeated a long-time Democratic incumbent as part of getting elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, where she focused mainly on labor causes and environmental work. … Read More
2002 - 2005 4 More Events
2006 48 Years Old 1 More Event
…  From 2006 to 2008 she wrote blog entries for The Huffington Post.


In December 2008, President-elect Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Solis as the next U.S. Secretary of Labor.
…  Solis previously served as the 25th United States Secretary of Labor from 2009 to 2013, as part of the administration of President Barack Obama.
2010 52 Years Old 1 More Event
For 2010, Solis's agenda was to enact some ninety new rules and regulations intended to grant more power to unions and to workers. … Read More
2012 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In October 2012, Solis defended the work of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, after the Current Population Survey it puts out monthly reported that unemployment in the United States had fallen below eight percent for this first time since Obama took office. … Read More
On January 9, 2013, Solis tendered her resignation as Secretary of Labor, becoming one of several Cabinet members deciding not to stay on for Obama's second term.
Solis's departure from the Labor Department was linked to an interest in running for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2014, when incumbent Gloria Molina would be term-limited. … Read More
2015 57 Years Old …  The budget here is $26 billion, much more than what I was used to in D.C." In December 2015 Solis took over as Chair of the Supervisors, a position which is rotated on a yearly basis.
2016 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2016 she praised Governor Jerry Brown for finally increasing state funds for the cleanup, saying "Our voices were heard.
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